Impressive volleyball wins by JBT and Sandwick in women’s league

JBT and Sandwick had comfortable victories in the latest round of volleyball matches, both winning 3-0 in the BP Sullom Voe Ladies’ League.

BP Sullom Voe Ladies League

Sandwick 3, LadySpurs 0
(25-21, 25-19, 27-25)

LadySpurs won the toss and Anne Goudie served well to take her team to an early 6-0 lead over an unsettled Sandwick side. But Joan Smith soon rallied her team and with fast and powerful serving closed the gap to 6-5. Both teams began to find their composure with long rallies making it difficult to separate the two sides.

LadySpurs’ Renata Bielenica had a good run of serves but an instinctive return at the net by Sandwick’s Becky Peterson saw Sandwick stretch their lead to 13-10. Sandwick settled down and with experience and team work they managed to effectively capitalise on every attack.

Taking full advantage of their time-outs, LadySpurs started to communicate better and edge out their competitors in some long rallies to go ahead in the set 20-19. But it was Sandwick who looked the more determined team and narrowly won the set 25-21.

Sandwick started the second set with confidence but LadySpurs refused to be defeated and kept the scores level at 3-3. Good serving from both Smith of Sandwick and Jillian Copland of LadySpurs tied the set at 5-5. Both teams began to play nervously, forcing errors which resulted in the loss of easy points. However, Susan Brunton calmly took Sandwick to a comfortable 12-9 advantage with controlled and steady serving.

LadySpurs, again used their time-outs to recompose and stay in the game but ferocious serving from Sandwick’s Valeska Voelschow proved too difficult for LadySpurs and the score slipped in Sandwick’s favour to 20-18. Goudie won some crucial points for LadySpurs with good smashing at the net, but Sandwick’s experience and in-creased determination saw them take the set comfortably 25-19.

Both teams came out fighting in the third set, Sandwick anxious to wrap up the match and LadySpurs determined to win their first set of the night. Good long rallies with each side using their three touches effectively saw the score level at 2-2, and very little separating the two sides.

The score remains point for point, with strong serving from Sandwick’s Smith and LadySpurs’ Copland taking the game to 7-7. However, Sandwick found momen­tum and with sensible passes and effective spikes led their com­petitors 11-7. LadySpurs’ Bielenica refused to give up and served well to pull her team back into the game one point behind Sandwick at 11-10.

Peterson tactfully played a deep ball to win Sandwick control at a crucial point in the game, but was unable to stretch ahead with the score level again at 13-all. Lady­Spurs called a timeout but it was Sandwick who came back fighting and pulled ahead with Kaye Riise serving well to lead 15-13.

End-to-end, frantic play saw both sides win and lose points with the score tight at 21-21. The game continued point for point with each team fighting hard and digging deep but it was Sandwick who emerged winners by 27-25.

MVPs were Becky Peterson for Sandwick and Katia Sales for LadySpurs.

JBT 3, Benchwarmers 0
(25-15, 25-14, 25-15)

No match report was received, but the most valuable players were Naomi Johnson for JBT and Susan Morrison for Bench Warmers.

Fixtures Tonight – Clickimin Centre – BP Sullom Voe Men’s League; LHD Drifters v DITT Globetrotters at 7pm; JBT v Harry’s Hotspurs at 9pm.


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